Latest: Jiří Kratochvíl, founder of the Janáček Quartet, deceased

5 January 2020, 17:00
Latest: Jiří Kratochvíl, founder of the Janáček Quartet, deceased

Janáček Quartet announced today that Jiří Kratochvíl,  founder and long-time member of the ensemble, died on 3 January 2020. He was 95 years old.

Prof. MgA. Jiří Kratochvíl was born in 1924 in Ivančice. He studied violin at the Brno Conservatory. Later he continued at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts where he graduated as a violist. In 1947 he was the founder of the Janáček Quartet, of which he was an active member for 42 years. From the beginning, the Quartet devoted itself to the interpretation of works by Leoš Janáček, whose name it has carried ever since. In 1955, the Janáček Quartet, composed of Jiří Trávníček, Adolf Sýkora, Jiří Kratochvíl and Karel Kafka, undertook their first tour abroad, and over time their musical performances covered all continents. Today's members of the Janáček Quartet are Miloš Vacek, Richard Kružík, Jan Řezníček and Břetislav Vybíral.

In addition to the Quartet, Jiří Kratochvíl was also the concert master of the viola group in the National Theatre Orchestra in Brno. As a respected viola soloist, he also performed with leading Czech symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. During his time he was also involved in pedagogical activities at JAMU, where he was awarded the title of emeritus teacher. His musical activities play a crucial role in the interpretation of Janáček's String Quartets. The Janáček Quartet recordings are the most significant example of the so-called Brno Interpretation School.

Jiří Kratochvíl died on Friday 3 January 2020 at the age of 95.

Jiří Kratochvíl / Wikipedia archive



No comment added yet..

If a band releases a new album after ten years and calls it Dej si čas [Take Your Time], it sounds like a pleasant self-irony. But what is ten years against delays of other bands, whose fans had to wait for new albums for eighteen (AG Flek) or even thirty years (Progres 2). For Mošny, it was said that the new album started to emerge a few years ago, but the group wanted to include some brand new songs, which they needed to rehearse and finish.  more

Several years ago, a miracle happened to Jura Hradil. This devotee of the electronic nu jazz alternative came to the hilly Carpathian landscape somewhere on the border between Moravia and Slovakia and heard a song, firstly one, then two, then hundreds. It wasn't a blurry echo of old times, but the bright tone of a Horňácko song.  more

Originally, it was supposed to be the third part of the YM project, in which the individual members of the group Květy make records of their solo albums of different genres, and their colleagues from the band accompany them. After Lorenzovi hoši [Lorenzo´s Boys] by Martin Kyšperský in country style and after the electronic Japonec [The Japanese Guy] by Aleš Pilgr, Ondřej Kyas´s Solárium [The Sunbed] was hard to classify concerning its genre category. As a solo record, with only an episode contribution by Aleš Pilgr and without any playing participation of Martin Kyšperský.  more

The small Ponava music club has been renowned in Brno last several years for its very high quality music production. Here and there, its diverse programme also features folklore projects. On Thursday, a duo of the well-known multi-instrumentalist Marian Friedl and the Lachian vocalist Sabrina Pasičnyk performed on this stage.  more

While trumpeter Jiří Kotača is known to the Brno jazz audience mainly as the bandmaster of the progressive big band Cotatcha Orchestra, on his first CD he presents himself with a different formation. He had met the Swedish guitarist Alf Carlsson during his studies in the Netherlands, and then they met up again and founded their band during Alf's tourist trip to the Czech Republic. Then they invited two very talented Slovak players to a joint trip for music, drummer Kristián Kuruc and double bass player Peter Korman, who is a member of Kotača's big band. This international formation plays Kotača's and Carlsson's original compositions and gets more or less inspired by Moravian, Slovak and above all Scandinavian folklore. The album was given the name Journeys, because journeys – to music, to knowledge and to the heart of souls – are what the life of not only this band revolves around.  more